NEWS RELEASES 2016-17

NEWS RELEASES 2016-17 :: OCTOBER 25, 2016

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SCHOOLS HONORED FOR HIGHEST GRADUATION RATES
ATKINSON CITES EFFORTS BY SCHOOLS, DISTRICTS TO HELP MORE STUDENTS FINISH

North Carolina districts and schools with the highest graduation rates in 2016 were honored today during an awards luncheon celebrating their performance and the state's 10 years of progress helping more students earn a diploma.

The state's 4-year cohort graduation rate has climbed from 68.3 percent in 2006, when North Carolina first adopted the outcome measure, to 85.9 percent in 2016.

State Superintendent June Atkinson recognized 12 districts and 70 individual high schools during today's event at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center near Research Triangle Park. The schools and districts are among the state's largest and smallest and stretch from the Tennessee border to the Outer Banks.

"Collectively, your efforts and those of many others across the state have helped North Carolina continue to make steady progress on the crucial goal of ensuring that all students graduate from high school – and graduate ready for the changing world that awaits them," Atkinson told school leaders at the event. "Your schools are demonstrating that our goal can be reached."

She stressed that not only are greater percentages of students graduating, but also that students are achieving at higher levels and meeting higher expectations.

"Thirty-five percent of the graduating class had college credit, 140,000 business and industry credentials were earned, and nearly 139,000 students received a diploma endorsement certifying that they achieved a high level of preparation for career, college or both," Atkinson said.

In addition to the schools recognized at today's event, 73 other schools with 4-year cohort graduation rates of at least 95 percent are receiving a letter and certificate. See a list of those schools here ( pdf, 79kb).

To receive an award, schools must have 10 or more students in their cohort. The full report on the state's cohort graduation rates, as well as previous years' reports, is available online at: www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/reporting/cohortgradrate


The award winners follow, by category:

Top 10 School Districts

SCHOOL DISTRICT # STUDENTS IN COHORT 4-YEAR COHORT GRADUATION RATE
Avery County Schools 165 95.8
Dare County Schools 345 95.4
Elkin City Schools 107 95.3
Newton Conover City Schools 232 93.5
Greene County Schools 267 93.3
Jones County Schools 74 93.2
Union County Public Schools 3124 92.8
Macon County Schools 349 92.6
Asheboro City Schools 297 92.6
Yancey County Schools 159 91.8


Districtwide Cooperative Innovative High School

SCHOOL DISTRICT # STUDENTS IN COHORT 4-YEAR COHORT GRADUATION RATE
Tyrrell County Schools 37 91.9


Top School District with Highest Graduation Rate by Cohort Size

SCHOOL DISTRICT # STUDENTS IN COHORT 4-YEAR COHORT GRADUATION RATE
Large – Union County Public Schools 3124 92.8
Medium – Burke County Schools 1057 91.3
Small – Avery County Schools 165 95.8

Large: Greater than 2000 Students in Cohort
Medium: 1000-1999 Students in Cohort
Small: Less than 1000 Students in Cohort


100 Percent Club

This award is given to schools achieving a 4-year cohort graduation rate of 100 percent and have 10 or more students in their cohort.

SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL STUDENTS IN COHORT
Alamance-Burlington Schools Alamance-Burlington Middle College 43
Avery County Schools Avery County HS STEM Academy 29
Beaufort County Schools Beaufort County Early College 41
Bertie County Schools Bertie School of STEM 22
Brunswick County Schools Brunswick County Early College 78
Burke County Schools Burke Middle College High School 67
Caldwell County Schools Caldwell Early College High School 79
Catawba County Schools Challenger Early College High School 90
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Northwest School of the Arts 108
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Cato Middle College High 72
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Military & Global Leadership Academy 34
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Levine Middle College High 34
Cherokee County Schools Tri-County Early College High 27
Craven County Schools Early College EAST High School 53
Craven County Schools Craven Early College High 39
Cumberland County Schools Cross Creek Early College 63
Cumberland County Schools Reid Ross Classical High 59
Cumberland County Schools Cumberland International Early College 46
Cumberland County Schools Howard Health & Life Sciences High 33
Davie County Schools Davie County Early College High 40
Duplin County Schools Duplin Early College High School 34
Durham Public Schools Middle College HS @ DTCC 101
Durham Public Schools City of Medicine Academy 79
Durham Public Schools Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College 73
Edgecombe County Public Schools Edgecombe Early College High 29
Gaston County Schools Highland School of Technology 129
Greene County Schools Greene Early College High School 28
Guilford County Schools Weaver Academy 62
Guilford County Schools The Academy at Ben L Smith High 49
Guilford County Schools Middle College at UNCG 49
Guilford County Schools The Early College at Guilford College 48
Guilford County Schools William Penn - Alfred J. Griffin School 46
Guilford County Schools STEM Early College at NC A&T 42
Guilford County Schools The Academy at High Point Central 36
Guilford County Schools Early/Middle College at Bennett 29
Guilford County Schools Early/Middle College at NC A&T 28
Guilford County Schools Early/Middle College at GTCC High Point 23
Guilford County Schools Early/Middle College at GTCC – Greensboro 18
Henderson County Schools Henderson County Early College 40
Hyde County Schools Ocracoke School 10
Iredell-Statesville Schools Iredell-Statesville Visual/Performing Arts Ctr. 57
Jackson County Public Schools Jackson County Early College 37
Jackson County Public Schools Blue Ridge Early College 28
Johnston County Schools Johnston County Middle College High 54
Johnston County Schools Johnston County Early College Academy 47
Lenoir County Public Schools Lenoir County Early College High 28
Macon County Schools Nantahala School 12
New Hanover County Schools Isaac M Bear Early College High School 55
Pender County Schools Pender Early College High School 44
Public Schools of Robeson County PSRC Early College at RCC 33
Richmond County Schools Richmond Early College High School 31
Rockingham County Schools Rockingham Co Early College High 48
Rowan-Salisbury Schools Rowan County Early College 51
Rutherford County Schools Rutherford Early College High School 36
Scotland County Schools Scotland Early College High 47
Surry County Schools Surry Early College High School of Design 70
Union County Public Schools Central Academy of Technology and Arts 187
Union County Public Schools Union County Early College 71
Wake County Schools Wake Early College of Health and Science 65
Wake County Schools Wake STEM Early College High School 51
Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools Early College of Forsyth County 44
Yadkin County Schools Yadkin Early College 39


Top Two Schools by Cohort Size

Less than 100 Students (Two schools tied)

SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL STUDENTS IN COHORT GRADUATION RATE
Catawba County Schools Challenger Early College 90 100
Caldwell County Schools Caldwell Early College High 79 100
Durham Public Schools City of Medicine Academy 79 100

100 to 199 Students

SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL STUDENTS IN COHORT GRADUATION RATE
Gaston County Schools Highland School of Technology 129 100
Union County Public Schools Central Academy of Technology and Arts 187 100

200 to 299 Students

SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL STUDENTS IN COHORT GRADUATION RATE
Gaston County Schools Stuart W Cramer High School 230 98.7
Macon County Schools Franklin High 228 98.7

300 to 399 Students

SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL STUDENTS IN COHORT GRADUATION RATE
Union County Public Schools Marvin Ridge High School 376 99.7
Union County Public Schools Weddington High School 315 99

400 to 499 Students

SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL STUDENTS IN COHORT GRADUATION RATE
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology 414 97.8
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Providence High 454 97.4

500 or More Students

SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL STUDENTS IN COHORT GRADUATION RATE
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Ardrey Kell High School 634 98.1
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Mallard Creek High 604 97.8

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.